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Check It Out: December 19, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

TIps for Making Your New Year's Resolutions

Want to Keep a New Year’s Resolution? How to Make It Right for YOU.

Many people make New Year's resolutions, and many people get frustrated and abandon their New Year's resolutions.

A common mistake? Setting up the resolution in the wrong way. We think we "should be able to" do it first thing in the morning, or we think we should imitate a resolution that works well for someone else.

But there's no one, correct way. It's just whatever works for us.

Before you decide on the resolution you'll make, consider...

-are you a Lark or Owl?

-are you a Marathoner or Sprinter?

-are you a Simplicity-lover or Abundance-lover?

-are you a Finisher or Opener?

-are you an Abstainer or Moderator?

-are you an Under-buyer or Over-buyer?

As you're thinking about these distinctions, it can be helpful to ask, "When have I succeeded with this resolution in the past?" If there was a time when you exercised regularly, cooked frequently, got enough sleep, etc., that might hold clues for how you might be able to do a better job in the present.

When we know ourselves, we can set up a resolution in the way that's right for us. It's not that hard to keep our resolutions, and to change our habits -- when we know what to do.

Make a 19 for 2019 or 9 for 2019 List

In episodes 149 and 152 of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, my sister Elizabeth and I talked about how we created a list of our "18 for 2018" – eighteen things we wanted to get done in 2018.  This is a different approach to New Year's Resolutions...

Reflection & Planning Sheet

RAK--Kindness in the Workplace

2019 WORKPLACE KINDNESS CALENDAR

This isn't just any old calendar... it's way cooler and is honestly going to change your whole life.

A 12 month workplace kindness calendar highlighting monthly themes structured to create a kinder work culture. Each month offers daily ideas for individuals to complete in a few minutes or less. On top of the daily ideas, there is a team-based activity that can be used to celebrate kindness each month as a team, a small group or the whole company!

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation created a 12 month workplace kindness calendar highlighting monthly themes structured to create a kinder work culture. Each month offers daily ideas for individuals to complete in a few minutes or less. On top of the daily ideas, there is a team-based activity that can be used to celebrate kindness each month as a team, a small group or the whole company!
Guess what? Science shows that the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of those who participated in, received or witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one act of kindness in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people! You can be that person. Imagine if those small acts changed the culture of your workplace.
Even though all of these activities and ideas are written for the workplace, please know that they can be adapted and done at home, individually or in your community! Kindness can be done anywhere at anytime so don’t worry about that whole 9 to 5 thing.
We hope you enjoy this 12 month journey and invite you to join the RAKtivist (Random Acts of Kindness Activists) group on our website as well as on Facebook where you can tell us about your journey!

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